Olivia Colman to replace Claire Foy in the role of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown
The Netflix series The Crown will lose star Claire Foy (Wolf Hall) after the upcoming second season. An older version of her character Queen Elizabeth II will be played by Hot Fuzz and The Lobster actress Olivia Colman, according to Variety. We’ll see Olivia Colman in Seasons 3 and 4 of the series.
In addition to Hot Fuzz and The Lobster, Olivia Colman is known for her work in the BBC series Broadchurch and AMC’s The Night Manager, which won her a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and an Emmy nomination as well.
The Crown recently released its Season 2 trailer with Foy and co-star Matt Smith, who plays Prince Philip. You can check out the trailer in the player below and photos from Season 2 in the gallery. Season 2 will premiere on December 8.
The Crown, a Netflix original series, tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, as the fragile social order established after the Second World War breaks apart. Based on the award-winning play, “The Audience,” the series reunites creator/writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen).
Beginning with soldiers in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces fighting an illegal war in Egypt, and ending with the downfall of her third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan after a devastating scandal, the second season bears witness to the end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s.
The Crown continues to chronicle the major political and global events that have defined and shaped the second half of the twentieth century – a series that is unprecedented in its scale, ambition and creative vision.
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